What is the importance of City Council to residents of Champaign?
The City Council is our opportunity to be a part of democracy in a way that affects us directly and on a daily basis. We elect our neighbors to represent us in meetings that are held locally. We have the opportunity to express our thoughts in meetings that are held right here in town. The City Council directly impacts the comfort, the culture, and the opportunities available to all the citizens of our community.
Why are you qualified to be on the City Council?
I design animations of supercomputer science for a living, which means I am a creative problem solver. I also have years of experience in community building through the Champaign-Urbana Film Society, professional societies, and student organizations. These traits have taught me how to listen to people, understand their concerns, and strategize the best solutions. I do not believe the easiest solution is usually the best solution, and I’m motivated to work for the best outcome for everyone.
If elected, what is something you want to accomplish on the City Council, and how long will it take?
I have been concerned by the number of skilled entrepreneurs, artists, and laborers who have been lured away to other cities across the country with promises of greater prosperity. I want to grow and celebrate the local economy and promote our “micro-urban” community which would lead to a stronger tax base and improve the quality of life for all residents of Champaign. I see this as a long term objective that should last my whole term in office and beyond, with decisive milestones every few months.
Is there anything else you would like to say to an undecided voter?
I am a Progressive Democrat who is not thrilled with the current workings of our federal government. Instead of complaining, I am putting my effort into making a difference at the local level. Over the years, I have seen this community grow and change. I would like to encourage our culture and progress in an environmentally and socially sustainable way. It is important to develop our community, and to make sure that such development is supported by sustainable infrastructure and financial resources.